APC Guber Primaries: Lagos Agog For Ambode, Solomon, Ikuforiji, Nine Others

Twelve aspirants will today file out in a battle royale for the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as they seek to fly the party’s flag for the coveted office of governor of Lagos State.

They are Speaker of the House of Assembly, Adeyemi Ikuforiji; Senate Minority Leader, Ganiyu Olanrewaju Solomon; Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat; former Accountant General of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Olasupo Shasore, Olanrewaju Ope, Tayo Ayinde, Dr. Leke Pitan, Dr Tola Kasali, Adekunle Disu, Adetokunbo Tobun- Agbesanwa and Adetokunbo Wahab. Virtually all the aspirants are proteges of the APC National Leader and former governor of the state, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Of the lot, only five are considered strong aspirants: Solomon, Ambode, Ikuforiji, Hamzat, and Shasore. The aspirants are relying on the support of outgoing Governor Babatunde Fashola and Tinubu to have the scale tilted in their favour.
There are fears that the outcome of today’s election will, to a large extent, determine the future of the party in Lagos, especially its fortunes in the 2015 elections. Eleven of the governorship aspirants have sent a protest letter to the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, and other members of the party National Working Committee (NWC), complaining about the process leading to today’s primaries.
The aspirants expressed concern over the adoption of delegates from 57 councils as against 20 local governments. They noted that “our current party constitution states that the local governments shall be defined as listed in the 1999 Nigerian Constitution, which for Lagos State is listed as 20 LGAs.”
They also kicked against the method of electing the candidate, preferring direct primaries as against indirect primaries. “We considered the concern that the conceived indirect primaries (as presently constituted) could lead to agitation, tension and litigation and may even ultimately deprive the party from presenting a valid candidate for the general election in February 2015,” the aspirants stated.
But the state leadership of the party insists that there is no going back on today’s primaries. Chairman APC Lagos State, Chief Henry Ajomale, said the primaries will take place at the Onikan Stadium Lagos APC Publicity Secretary, Engr. Joe Igbokwe, also said that there is no going back on the party’s primaries. “We are going to Onikan tomorrow (today).
There is no going back on the primary. Some of the aspirants only wrote to advise that the primary should be postponed but that may not be possible because time is of essence to us. The aspirants should come there and test their strength and popularity,” he said.

Author: News Editor

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